Stocks have been on a roller coaster ride over the past couple of weeks. Bond yields are creeping higher. And it looks like that's created the perfect conditions for gold to regain favor with investors.
Gold prices nudged back above $1,400 an ounce for the first time in two weeks Thursday. That may not seem that dramatic, but for an asset that investors had been shunning lately, it may signal more gains lie ahead.
What a difference a month makes.
Gold prices plunged to a 2-year low April 15 in their biggest one day sell-off in decades. The culprit? Worries about China growth.
Those worries haven't gone away but for now, they seem to have shifted to the back burner as investors watch the market gyrations and look for a place to park off until things settle down.
StockTwits traders were cheering the yellow metal on.
That could be an understatement. Just looking at the chart above shows how rough May has been for gold bugs. But I'd keep the champagne on ice for now.
That was a good call ivanhoff. Looks like the miners are getting a pretty big boost today. Makes me wonder if this is a trend or if we're in for more choppiness heading into the summer.
Ahh yes, who could forget the World Gold Council. Any sign of rising demand from Asia would be enough to spark interest. Couple that with the volatility we're seeing in stocks, and you've got a pretty good case for buying.
U.S. investors plowed a record $183 billion into U.S.-listed exchange traded funds last year, surpassing the previous record of $178 billion set in 2008, according to State Street data.
"Last year's impressive overhaul amounts to yet another clear sign that ETFs are not only here to stay, but are increasingly chipping away at the dominance of mutual funds," said Olivier Ludwig, managing editor at IndexUniverse, which also tracks ETF assets.
Like mutual MOREHibah Yousuf - Jan 11, 2013 2:35 PM ET
Investors have been bailing out of the stock market all year, but the exodus picked up considerable speed last week.
U.S. stock mutual funds bled nearly $10.6 billion during the week ended Oct. 3, the most since the week in August 2011 when Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating following the debt ceiling brawl in Washington, according to data from the Investment Company Institute.
That brings the total 2012 outflow from U.S. MOREHibah Yousuf - Oct 11, 2012 1:35 PM ET
Investors continued to bail out of U.S. stock mutual funds last week, despite a rally in the market fueled by an upbeat July jobs report and hopes that central bankers will soon step in to support financial markets.
Investors pulled $3.6 billion out of U.S. stock mutual funds during the week ended Aug. 8, according to Investment Company Institute. While the pace of outflows slowed considerably from the prior week, when MOREHibah Yousuf - Aug 16, 2012 2:04 PM ET
The Paul Ryan stock portfolio continues to shine. Two stocks that the Republican vice presidential candidate owns - Home Depot (HD) and Estee Lauder (EL) -- spiked Tuesday after both companies reported better-than-expected quarterly results.
As of mid-morning Home Depot was up 3%, making it the best performer in the Dow. And Estee Lauder's shares shot nearly 8% higher, making them the top gainer in the S&P 500.
Ryan seems to have MOREMaureen Farrell - Aug 14, 2012 10:37 AM ET
There's no doubt that hedge funds have had a tough time beating the broader stock market in recent years, but they've still got an edge over individual investors when it comes to stock picking. And if that's your thing, investing like a hedge fund all-star just got easier.
The Top Guru Holdings Index ETF (GURU), which began trading Tuesday, invests in the single biggest holding of 68 top hedge funds, including MOREHibah Yousuf - Jun 5, 2012 4:14 PM ET
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